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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Spying in Heels by Gemma Halliday


•Pub. Date: October 2010
•Publisher: Gemma Halliday
•Sold By: Amazon Kindle
•Format: eBook
•Series: High Heels Series #1

L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300 pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her...

I have a craving for mystery genre, after reading the Stephanie Plum series, I wanted to read more but I need a change of hero/heroine and Gemma Halliday's High Heels mystery came highly recommended.

Maddie was not the heroine I expected her to be, in fact my initial reaction was idiot, naive, and cliche. If your boyfriend bailed and there was a $20 million embezzeled funds missing along with him, found a condom in his office while you were snooping, or was told by a Detective that your boyfriend is actually married; aren't you going to get suspicious? Sure Maddie was suspicous but she still have all this rigtheous feelings that what she heard couldn't be true, even though she realized that she didn't really know anything about him outside their relationship. There is also that slight possibility that she is being fed with false information but still, her reactions just seems unreal considering the theme of the story is mystery, not my kind of sleuthing from where I'm reading. Maddie's procrastination is kind of annoying, I would have the result of the EPT the first time I'm late and I would call said "wife" and see if it is true instead of living in denial.

I did like that she gets her clues from the shoes. Kind of ridiculous but it fits the title. It is entertaining yet I could not connect with the main character and the lack of action. I'll give it another try and read the second book. If you are looking for a light read chick lit mystery then this book is for you.

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